Vancouver is a coastal city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province and the most popular destination in the country for international students. In 2011, the population of the city is around 600,000 people, making it the eighth largest Canadian municipality.

Vancouver is a diverse and accessible city where new-comers from all over the world are warmly welcomed.  Over 1/3 of its residents speak a language other than English. English, Scottish, and Irish origins were historically the largest ethnic groups in the city, and elements of British culture are still vibrant in many areas in the city, including the South Granville and Kerrisdale. On the other hand, there are many indigenous artist communities in Vancouver, and the living First Nations culture is very rich here. Vancouver has been voted the world’s most liveable city for many years, most recently in 2010.

Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature. Living in the city, international students can enjoy an ideal balance between the cosmopolitan attractions of a modern city and peaceful natural environment. Like other student cities, Vancouver has great café and high-end retailers. You can find most global brands in Robson Street, while the good vintage stuff is available in Main Street. For live music and nice restaurants, Gastown, Yaletown and Granville Street are among the best places in town.

If you prefer outdoor adventure, living in Vancouver puts you in easy reach of stunning natural environment. There are around 220 city parks, 120 skate parks, numerous beaches and 350 kilometres of seawall paths to explore within the Vancouver metro area. Alhthough Vancouver has the mildest climates in Canada, during winter months, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are very popular activities as Vancouver has three local mountains.

There are five public universities and six private institutions in the greater Vancouver area.


Universities in Vancouver

About A Star Future

A Star Future provides information and guidance to British students looking to pursue their undergraduate studies abroad.

Through our presentations in schools and our websites we aim to ensure that British-educated students are well informed about their choices.